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Council approves site preparation for North Delta field house

Completion date for the field house is late next spring.
North Delta track opening
Folks from local government, sports teams and Delta residents gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the North Delta Secondary School Track and Field.

Another step towards completion of the North Delta track complex was taken Tuesday by council when it approved reconfiguring the Delta school district public works yard for a cost of $372,740.

The decision is the latest step in a phased project that saw the new track completed last year at North Delta Secondary.

NY Construction Management will do the redesign work, which will free up additional land that the city leases from the school district.

The work will be done in preparation for construction of the new North Delta Track Field House, which will be two storeys high, 3,200-sq. feet in area and use old shipping containers as the exterior of the structure. 

Total cost for the field house will be $1.75 million with a million of that coming from funds leftover from earlier stages of the project. The $1.75 million amount includes the $372,740 just approved for site preparation.

Coun. Jeannie Kanakos said she wanted to thank parks, recreation and culture for the project and noted that as a result of talks with the school district there is more space for the field house.

“I just really want to say thanks all round on that. I think that is a big step forward,” Kanakos said.

But the city should keep an eye out for a new location for the school works yard, adding it would be wonderful to expand the recreational space at the complex, she said.

Completion date for the field house is late next spring.

The new building will provide washrooms, change rooms, a space for strength and conditioning, equipment storage, a meeting room, and a viewing deck. 

A staff report from Tuesday’s meeting said the field house will meet all building codes and will be accessible to those with mobility challenges.

The project has a total price tag of about $8 million. Last year, the city was successful in securing a $5.87 million Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Community Culture and Recreation Program Grant, a combined federal and provincial funding grant.

The North Delta Track was completed in 2021. The track provides eight competitive running lanes, all field events, a natural grass infield for community sports, a designated community walking path on the perimeter of the track, spectator and community seating areas, tennis and pickle ball courts, rain gardens and designated parking.